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October 9, 2015 Last updated: October 15, 2018

How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot: An Illustrated Guide

full windsor tie knot instructions illustrated guide

You’re about to go into a big business meeting; your suit is perfectly fitted, your shoes are shined, your shirt is pressed. Which necktie knot do you go with? It has to make an impression, but not be flashy. It needs to convey power, confidence, and authority. The choice is simple: the full Windsor (also sometimes called just the Windsor or the bouble Windsor). It’s on the larger end of necktie knots, maintains a classic feel — rather than the bells and whistles you get with some modern knots — and shows that you know your business.

Because of this, it’s a knot that is to be worn for more formal occasions and meetings. Think weddings, very important business meetings or pitches, and for the next year, presidential debates.

Because it’s a large knot, it should be worn with a spread collar. For men who are stout, or have wider faces and necks, the Windsor will look appropriately proportional with your build and mug, and should be your go-to tie knot.

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Illustrations by Ted Slampyak